Interview with Elizabeth McGuire--September 30, 2010

Interview with Elizabeth McGuire, Ph.D. UC Berkeley (2010) and currently academy scholar at the Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies. Interview conducted in Ithaca, NY on September 30, 2010.

The title of Dr. McGuire's book manuscript is "The Sino-Soviet Romance: How Chinese Communists Fell in Love with Russia, Russians, and the Russian Revolution."

Interview Themes

How McGuire came to her dissertation topic (00:43)
How the macro links to the micro in the history of the Sino-Soviet romance (03:14)
Practical challenges of writing transnational history across area studies boundaries (05:52)
McGuire's approach to narrative in her work (09:17)
The work of the historian in a post-area-studis world (11:33)
On training grad students to think transnationally (14:30)
Projects that can be undertaken with knowledge of Russian and Chinese (17:23)
Primary intellectual influences on McGuire (21:52)
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